Hall of Fame inductee Torre is no ordinary Joe

Joe Torre won four World Series championships and six AL pennants with the New York Yankees....

Joe Torre won four World Series championships and six AL pennants with the New York Yankees. (REUTERS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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The New York Daily News headline on Nov. 3, 1995 read:

“CLUELESS JOE — Torre has no idea what he’s getting into”

Owner George Steinbrenner made 22 managerial changes among 13 different men in his first 21 years before hiring Torre, who managed the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals for 14 seasons advancing to post-season play once. His Braves were eliminated without winning a game in 1982.

Yet, while Steinbrenner was the loudest voice in the Bronx — sometimes on the eastern sea board — when Billy Martin, Bob Lemon, Lou Piniella and others managed, he did not appear as involved when Torre managed. Or rather Torre kept the noise from the upper level as well as out of the clubhouse and the tabloids.

Torre managed the Yanks to six American League pennants and four World Series titles in 12 seasons.


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